Advice on customizing a Head Youtek Instinct MP


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I have an old Head Youtek Instinct MP: racket specs here.

I am curious if anyone in this forum has customized this racket and what customizations they have applied as well as the result.

Based on my experience playing with it, the racket head sometimes twists when I hit a forehand and so I'd need to add lead tape at 3 and 9 oclock. Did anyone also add lead tape to 12 oclock? Did anyone add weight to the handle?

The racket feels very light too. I am wondering if some weight (swing weight/static weight) would make it better.


Hi. I do not own the Youtek IG Instinct MP, but I did hit with it for a few minutes when it first came out many years ago. I remember that it swung very fast and felt very light. These points were also mentioned in the TW review that you posted the link for.

I do have some various classic mold Instincts (the gold colored ones), The Youtek IG Instinct MP was the first one to not use the classic mold.

On the lowest swingweight versions of my classic mold Instincts (the Youtek), I did add lead tape to 3 and 9 as well as Gamma Head Guard tape to the top of the racquet (covering the bumper guard). I also changed my string from 17 gauge to 16 gauge. All of this was done to add more stability, particularly for volleys.

I didn't add weight to the handle as I didn't want to make the racquet more headlight.

Hope this helps.